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Video shows Trump fam­ily be­fore rally

Post falsely al­leges it is a watch party for the riot

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Af­ter the riot at the U.S. Capi­tol on Jan. 6 that left five dead, a video went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia show­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, fam­ily mem­bers and others cel­e­brat­ing in a white tent.

The video, taken by Don­ald Trump Jr., ac­cord­ing to CNBC, has been posted to Face­book by the page Fire Trump 2020 along­side the claim that the Trump fam­ily was “en­joy­ing” the as­sault on the Capi­tol while it took place.

The video was also posted to YouTube by Celebrity Drama on Jan. 7 with the ti­tle “Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump & FAM­ILY at a watch party for the at­tempted coup of the U.S. Capi­tol build­ing.”

In a mes­sage to USA TO­DAY, James Hamil­ton of San An­to­nio, who runs the Face­book page, said he re­ceived the video from a Trump sup­porter who claimed it was taken dur­ing the riot. He said he had also in­ter­viewed others who said the video was taken prior to the riot so “the tim­ing of the video is in ques­tion.”

USA TO­DAY reached out to Celebrity Drama for com­ment.

Video was cap­tured be­fore Capi­tol riot and Trump’s speech

Shortly be­fore the pro-Trump mob stormed the Capi­tol, the pres­i­dent de­liv­ered com­ments at a rally at the El­lipse, urg­ing his sup­port­ers to walk to the the Capi­tol to “cheer on” con­gress­men who were about to cer­tify the Elec­toral Col­lege re­sults.

In the clip, the Trump fam­ily is seen laugh­ing, danc­ing and jok­ing while watch­ing mon­i­tors. The vi­ral video was taken be­fore Trump’s speech; the mon­i­tors show the crowd wait­ing in front of the stage at Free­dom Plaza for Trump to come out.

The screens shown in the video do not show any ri­ot­ers storm­ing the Capi­tol nor any vi­o­lence.

Also play­ing in the back­ground of the vi­ral clip is the 1982 song “Glo­ria” by Laura Brani­gan, which Trump fre­quently plays ahead of ral­lies. A YouTube video of the en­tire speech re­veals that “Glo­ria” was played at the “Save Amer­ica Rally” be­fore Trump took the stage, fur­ther in­di­cat­ing that the video was taken be­fore his sup­port­ers stormed the Capi­tol.

Near the video’s end, Don­ald Trump Jr. says, “T-mi­nus a cou­ple of sec­onds here,” ref­er­enc­ing the time left un­til Trump takes the stage.

Ya­hoo! News also re­ported that the video was taken right be­fore Trump spoke at the rally. “The pres­i­dent, Ivanka and Eric can be seen watch­ing the mon­i­tors closely a short while be­fore the vi­o­lence broke out,” Ya­hoo News re­ported.

Trump was at the White House dur­ing riot

The “Save Amer­ica Rally” started at 11 a.m., and Trump be­gan speak­ing at around 11:50 p.m., ac­cord­ing to a time­line of the events from USA TO­DAY. Ri­ot­ers be­gan grap­pling with po­lice at the Capi­tol at 1:10 p.m.

As ri­ot­ers stormed the Capi­tol, Trump was not watch­ing from a nearby tent, as claimed, but rather, spent the af­ter­noon in his pri­vate din­ing room at the Oval Of­fice watch­ing the riot on tele­vi­sion, ac­cord­ing to The As­so­ci­ated Press.

He then posted a video to Twit­ter from the White House call­ing for peace but con­tin­ued to pro­mote false claims about the 2020 elec­tion, re­sult­ing in a tem­po­rary sus­pen­sion of his Twit­ter ac­count, which be­came a per­ma­nent ban days later.

Our rat­ing: False

The claim that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and mem­bers of his fam­ily cel­e­brated amid the Capi­tol riot is FALSE, based on our re­search. The mon­i­tors seen in the video and the song play­ing in the back­ground in­di­cate that the video was recorded be­fore Trump’s speech. Re­port­ing from events of the day found the pres­i­dent was at the White House dur­ing the riot.

 ?? EVAN VUCCI/AP ?? Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump en­cour­ages pro­test­ers to “walk down to the Capi­tol” where law­mak­ers were set to con­firm Joe Bi­den as pres­i­dent Jan. 6 be­fore a group of ri­ot­ers breached the U.S. Capi­tol.
EVAN VUCCI/AP Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump en­cour­ages pro­test­ers to “walk down to the Capi­tol” where law­mak­ers were set to con­firm Joe Bi­den as pres­i­dent Jan. 6 be­fore a group of ri­ot­ers breached the U.S. Capi­tol.

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